Collective highs of joy

I dashed back a bit late from the festival to London to be a part of MY DEPTFORD at the Southbank Centre. I lent a hand along with other helpers to prepare balloons and encourage people to get involved with Bernadette’s ‘kind’ project.

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We were inviting people to write something kind to a stranger and that would then get attached to a balloon, then at 4:30pm the balloons would be given to someone to keep. It was heart-warming to see people get involved and write such beautiful messages for strangers. I felt very emotional and moved seeing this. Here are some of them:

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One of the cards instructed me to give a stranger a hug. So I did, I went up to someone I had never seen before, smiled and opened my arms to hug him. He actually allowed me to give him a long and tight hug, a real one! It was indeed very well received. I think he felt really moved by the openness I shared, we conversed for a while and he’s thinking of possibly doing a kind diary too.

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Another person doing kind things for others

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‘If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.’- Albert Einstein

Lost my wallet and it left me pretty poor without my bank card, no oyster or train ticket home from the festival. My friends helped me though, Amit lent me cash, Nuala gave me an Oyster card, and Dave returned a favour, after having been in a sticky situation himself, was generous enough to buy all the beers for the evening!

People are of course lovely!

‘Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.’ – Anne Frank

Dave and I had a lovely moment with a man encouraging us to play music with him using percussions/tambourines, other random people joined, and for a brief moment complete strangers were sharing a moment of collective spontaneous joy on the Southbank.

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2 thoughts on “Collective highs of joy

  1. I saw the show 366 Days of Kindness at the Arc in Stockton last night. I was sorry to have the balloon installation the day before. I have reviewed the show on my blog, it was wonderful 😀

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